MBChB Otago 2002, FRNZCGP, creator Well Check program, founder Mittent Clinic

Hi, thanks for taking the time to have a read. I'd like to get to know you better - and part of that is to tell you a bit about me. I'm the type of person that gets really interested about people. To help people, I believe it's important to know their psychology, the way they think and what they are likely to accept. All meaningful change in life requires a degree of discomfort when a new behaviour is started. This is why I'm particularly interested in lifestyle changes to help and cure diseases first, before going to medications. This applies to metabolic problems like diabetes, prediabetes and being overweight. Or mental health issues due to overwhelm - such as depression, anxiety and burn out. 

I was born in a small city in Malaysia, called Kuching. Attended high school in Christchurch, New Zealand and studied Medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin. I'm now married with 2 kids who are growing up quickly. Life events teach you a lot of things. Being married has taught me about compromise, patience and when to listen to other people who can see through your bullshit. Having children has taught me extreme amounts of patience and also the greater capacity to love something more than yourself. They also teaches you a lot about paediatrics, helpful in this line of work.

I speak English as my main language. Through a rather tortuous route - I've relearned some Mandarin Chinese - which is passable but not great. I speak some Malay, and understand the Hokkien and Foo Chow dialects. I believe language learning has taught me the importance of persistence and discipline. My intellectual interests are learning about human psychology through books, videos, podcasts and TED talks. My kinaesthetic interests include martials arts - I do both Taekwondo and Aikido, swimming, kayaking, body boarding and badminton. 

As a side gig - I've done wedding MCing at least 4-5 times because I'm cheap (free) and like to talk. I mostly depend on my quirky sense of humour and quick wit to get out of trouble and to endear myself to people. I have found that my personality can be somewhat polarizing - so some patients get along really well with me and others are repulsed and seek other health professionals. I do believe in different strokes for different folks so I hope that we can at least meet and get to know each other.